Knowledge Manager - Policy & Advocacy at Alcohol and Drug Foundation
Laura joined the Alcohol and Drug Foundation in 2016 after completing her Masters in Social Policy at the University of Melbourne.
Passionate about reducing the stigma and discrimination experienced by many people who use drugs, she believes the media plays a vital role in educating the community and framing the issues around drugs and drug use.
Laura has researched and written on wide range of topics in the alcohol and other drug field as well as provided expert commentary for a variety of media outlets.
- MSocPolicy University of Melbourne
- BA, GCertArts,
- Suicide prevention
- Alcohol & other drugs
- Alcohol and drug related harm
- Drug use and mental ill-health
- Methamphetamine (ICE)
- Regional and remote communities
- Lived experience
- Emergency services
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Older persons
- LGBTIQ+ people
Recent Published Work
While we’re looking at drug trends and discussing the changes to drug use in Australia, let’s also take the opportunity to really consider the way that we think about people who use drugs.
It’s timely to remember that, for many Australians, the challenges remain. From increased debt, an uncertain job market and unpredictable economy – plus for some, the grief of losing a loved one.
FASD is a public health issue that affects all communities where alcohol is consumed, so every Australian should have the facts and understand why the issue is important. It’s the responsibility of the whole community to support alcohol free pregnancies.
If we look at how people have reacted to other events of mass trauma, those past experiences should serve as a warning to us that we need to be careful about the coping strategies we use to manage the current adversity.
Although alcohol will not fix any of the issues surrounding COVID-19 - and can make difficult emotions and situations even harder to manage - we’re seeing some advertisements present alcohol as a way to 'survive the crisis'/